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What is the difference between dental caries and tooth decay?
19 doctors weighed in

Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
10 doctors agree
In brief: They are the same
Caries and cavities are different names for the same problem.

In brief: They are the same
Caries and cavities are different names for the same problem.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Dr. John Hoffmann
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Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dental caries is the more technical name for tooth decay and cavities.
Dr. Meng Syn
Dentistry
5 doctors agree
In brief: They are the same
Dental caries and dental decay describe the complex reaction of dental bacteria on teeth that results in the localized acid erosion and destruction of tooth enamel.

In brief: They are the same
Dental caries and dental decay describe the complex reaction of dental bacteria on teeth that results in the localized acid erosion and destruction of tooth enamel.
Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Syn
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Same thing
It is the same thing.
Merely, two different terms we use to describe the same process.

In brief: Same thing
It is the same thing.
Merely, two different terms we use to describe the same process.
Dr. Monica Scheurer
Dr. Monica Scheurer
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Synonyms
A definition of dental caries can include the term tooth decay or a cavity.
.. They are the different words for the same thing. Cavities, tooth decay and dental caries are all words to describe what happens when bacteria invades and erodes dental enamel.

In brief: Synonyms
A definition of dental caries can include the term tooth decay or a cavity.
.. They are the different words for the same thing. Cavities, tooth decay and dental caries are all words to describe what happens when bacteria invades and erodes dental enamel.
Dr. James Wright
Dr. James Wright
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Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dentistry
In brief: They are the same
Dental caries is what is commonly referred to as dental decay.
They are one in the same.

In brief: They are the same
Dental caries is what is commonly referred to as dental decay.
They are one in the same.
Dr. Matt Fulmer
Dr. Matt Fulmer
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